Apparently, I wrote yesterday’s blog a week too late for Jim Nicholson.
He tried to be a hero at work. He was a hero at work. Yet he still lost his job.
The 30-year-old Nicholson was working as a teller at a Key Bank Branch near the Seattle Center when the bank was held up. A thin man wearing a beanie and sunglasses tossed a backpack his way, said he had a weapon and demanded money.
Rather than simply complying, Nicholson grabbed the backpack, threw it on the floor and lunged toward the robber, shouting that he demanded to see his weapon. The robber bolted for the door and Nicholson decided to run after him.
With the help of a passer-by, Nicholson caught and knocked down the perp, and police came and arrested him. The unidentified robber is a 29-year-old transient who has a long history of crimes on his record.
So why did Nicholson do what he did? “It’s something I almost look forward to. It’s a thrill and I’m an adrenaline-junkie person. It’s the pursuit,” he said.
Well, that pursuit has cost Nicholson his job. Amazingly, he understands. “They tell us that we’re just supposed to comply, but my instincts kicked in and I did what’s best to stop the guy,” he said. “I thought if I let him go he would rob more banks and cause more problems.”
Maybe so, but one of these days Mister Nicholson is going to run into the wrong guy when he decided to be a vigilante.